Monday, May 11, 2020

Marvel Studios Has “Zero” Plans for ‘Deadpool’ Right Now, Says Creator Rob Liefeld

This past weekend I revisited Logan, 20th Century Fox’s R-rated X-Men spinoff that violently kicked open the door for Marvel’s Deadpool to make it to the big screen. Deadpool would become a monstrously successful franchise that introduced not only the famed assassin, but several other classic Marvel comic characters from Domino to Cable. Fans seemed destined to be gifted with more ultra-violent sequels… at least until Disney purchased Fox.

The big acquisition led to even larger questions; would Disney allow 20th Century Studios to develop and release a third R-rated Deadpool film and, if not, would they at least mix the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Late last year, Ryan Reynolds, who starred as the foul-mouthed antihero, had reassured fans that another Deadpool was in the cards. “Yeah, we’re working on it right now with the whole team,” he stated on Live with Kelly and Ryan. “We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.”

Rob Liefeld, artist/creator of Deadpool, Cable and Domino, says the opposite, appearing on Inverse late last week and telling fans that Marvel Studios has “zero” plans for the character.

“I can’t gloss it up,” he intensely exclaimed. “You want to know the plan with Deadpool right now? They have a goose egg, zero, zero.”

“They” being Marvel Studios, who Liefeld would go off on prior to his Deadpool update.

“I’m not really that crazy about Marvel’s plan right now,” said Liefeld. “It’s the first time I go, ‘Hey, [Kevin] Feige, did you even have a plan? Your plan was ‘Eternals’ and ‘Shang-Chi’? That was your plan? And Black Widow?’ So they close the door, Chris Evans says goodbye, Robert Downey Jr. says goodbye, Black Widow falls off a cliff says goodbye, they almost lose [Spider-Man actor] Tom Holland to Sony… but you’re a genius, Marvel, you’re geniuses.”

The first Deadpool grossed $782M worldwide, while its sequel also managed an astounding $785M. It seems crazy for Marvel Studios to completely abandon the franchise or even the character, and maybe some of this is tied to the ongoing pandemic. No matter, Ryan Reynolds’ optimistic effort is what helped Deadpool make it to the big screen in the first place, and maybe, just maybe it’s also what helps keep him alive and kicking?


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